Understanding Mexico's Turmoil

What’s going on in Mexico? Mass murder, beheadings, turmoil—and foreign investors piling in. How does that add up? We ask.

Soldiers patrol a neighborhood after a shoot out between rival gangs in Monterrey, Mexico, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP)

The headlines from Mexico are fierce, frightening, and – if you listen closely – a little confusing. 

Here are a few of those stories: mass murder, drug war, kidnapping, an American jet-skier killed by gangs on the border, investigator beheaded, whispers of civil war – and foreigners pouring money into Mexico.  Then there’s the story that a hundred tons of  U.S.-bound marijuana was seized yesterday in Tijuana. A Pentagon study warns of a Mexican “collapse.” And yet, Mexico’s stock market is at an all-time high. 

We go into the gruesome headlines and beyond – what is going on in Mexico?

-Tom Ashbrook


Angela Kocherga, border bureau chief for Belo Television.

Samuel Logan, senior writer for the International Relations and Security Network, and founder of Southern Pulse, an online intelligence network.

Arturo Alvarado Mendoza, professor of sociology at El Colegio de México and fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.

Barry McCaffrey, retired four-star general in the U.S. Army and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Clinton.

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